Going outside is one of the best parts about mountain biking, but because you’ll probably be further from help, you’ll need to be autonomous when it comes to taking care of yourself and your bike. Here are our top 20 must-have mountain bike items, from convenient spares to critical equipment. If you ride with friends, keep in mind that having the equipment you need to aid yourself might also be useful for others. However, you should confirm cross-compatibility before using specific items, such as chain links and derailleur hangers. Some of the essentials to carry at mountaineering were:
Tubeless repair kit:
A puncture is one of the most frequent mechanical problems on the trail, whether it’s caused by a stray glass shard, thorn, sharp rock, or a snakebite puncture from dinging the rim. If you run your bike tubeless, as the majority of mountain bikers do these days, having the correct equipment to swiftly fix this can prevent a sticky mess. Tubeless plugs are the best friend of a mountain biker since they are easy to use with a specialized plug tool to seal a tire hole and get it ready for inflation. Since deeper cuts or slices might not fit with plugs, you’ll need to remove the tire in order to install a tire boot and tube. It’s also possible to sew certain slices. With reamers, plugs, and application tools included, several companies now provide entire kits for tubeless repairs that may be stored until you or a riding companion needs them.
If you’re tubeless nightmare can’t be saved or if you need to patch an inner tube puncture, it’s usually time to insert a replacement tube. Make sure the inner tube you have is the right size for your wheels and tires. Having two spare tubes for lengthy rides may seem like a lot, but it is definitely worth it because several flats might happen.
These little patch kits may be a lifesaver when it comes to reusing a ruptured tube and is occasionally even useful for other purposes, including mending a tire’s inside. You have two options: a normal setup with a vulcanizing agent or pre-glued stick-on patches.
Mini tire pump:
Whether you’ve “burped” some air out of your tires or had a puncture, a tire pump is necessary to get your tires back to their proper pressure. Look for a high-volume option for mountain bike tires instead of a high-pressure pump, which is best for narrower road bike tires. A selection with a pressure gauge might also be quite useful. Even though a rapid release of pressure could be more useful for seating challenging tires and tends to occupy less space than a pump, these cartridges have a shorter lifespan than a pump, which can be reused for many years.
A basic multi-tool is a requirement for cyclists since it has 101 uses, including tightening a slipping post clamp, fastening cleat bolts, adjusting bar angles, disengaging chains, clamping rattle-inducing bottle cage nuts, and unscrewing thru-axles. Spend a little more money on a high-quality multi-tool that includes a T25 Torx, flathead, Philips, Allen key, built-in chain tool, and other tools. Additionally, some bigger multi-tools have pliers and wire cutters, which might be helpful. A ratchet tool is an option; in addition to the various features you’d anticipate from a multi-tool like a chain tool, it can be supplied with a variety of bits. When connecting bottle cages in limited spaces, they can be quite helpful.